TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society


Welcome to the website of the

Till Valley Archaeological Society (TillVAS)

Patron: Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey


Hon. President: Dr. Chris Burgess

TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.


The Society's core aim is "To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".

         Photographs of the recent James IV lecture by

Dr Jordan Evans


For more images go to Gallery



We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.


< Please click on the tabs on the top left-hand side of this page to learn about the Society and its activities.





Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge


The website has a dual purpose:-

Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.

Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.


The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.                      


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Please note increases in admission charges at Woodhorn from £3.50 - £6/£7. Access the website for further information.

Bowsden History Group. Carham1018 - The start of the Border story. Clive Hallam-Baker. March 5th 7.30 Bowsden Village Hall

BAS lecture Monday 5th March. Whitby Abbey. by Tony Wilmott. 7.30 pm Parish Church Hall, Berwick


Wednesday, March 7th, at 7.30pm at either Crookham Village Hall or the Cheviot Centre in Wooler, when Dr. Chris Fowler will speak on “Bronze Age Burial Practices in NE England and SE Scotland”.   Members Free, Visitors £4.

Venue info will be updated as soon as possible

Prof Sarah Hainsworth - Richard III. Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. Thursday 8th March. 5.30

Thank you to everyne who supported the TillVAS Coffee Morning at


See gallery for photographs

Glendale History Society have some interesting events taking place in the next few months. For more information see www.wooler.org.uk/glhs

Symposium - new light on old metal. 24th February, in the museum of scotland from 10 - 17.00. To book phone 03001236789. £40 including lunch.

We now have a grand total for our Mardon Dig Appeal. Thanks to donations and ur coffee morning you have raised a magnificent £1060.48. We would like to offer our sincere thanks for all your support.

 Newcastle University press release: Preserving rock art at the touch of a button at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2017/11/rockartapp/. The app and project highlighted in the release about safeguarding rock art may be of interest to your broader membership

The app is downloadable free from

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A new list of photographs of Branxton have been added to the archives.


See Archaeology News for information about our dig at Mardon



The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.


Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.


There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.


Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.


Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.


The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.


There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.